Registering Art’s Losses

Lost Art: The Art Loss Register Casebook Volume 1

Anja Shortland


Next to drugs and arms, art is the most smuggled commodity in the world. Artworks worth vast sums are stolen or looted every year, yet governments often consider art theft a luxury problem. With limited public law enforcement, very little prevents thieves, looters and organised criminal gangs from flooding the market with stolen art, and victims of theft struggle to get justice even decades after their loss. The Art Loss Register is a private database dedicated to tracking down stolen artworks and blocking the sale of disputed artworks. This book follows ten cases in the dark side of the global art market, showing how restitutions were negotiated, how priceless objects were retrieved from the economic underworld and how thieves and ‘fences’ end up in court and behind bars.

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